Penn National gets extension to open mini-casino

Jul 17, 2018 3:00 AM

Penn National Gaming, the country’s largest regional gaming operator, will now will have until Sept. 12 to submit an application to open a mini-casino in York County, Pa.

The original deadline was Thursday, but the company asked the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and received a two-month extension.

The board vote was unanimous, said Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the state Gaming Control Board.

Penn National is still considering sites in Hellam, Springettsbury and Shrewsbury townships, along with its existing off-track betting site in Manchester Township, said Jeff Morris, a spokesman for Penn National.

“We wanted additional time to conduct further analysis on the sites and expect to make a final decision in the near future,” Morris said.

The state’s gambling expansion law passed last year allows for smaller casinos, called mini-casinos, that will feature 300 to 750 slot machines and up to 30 table games.